Carers Alliance Media Release 22 August, 2012

Media Release                                                                                        22 August, 2012


SEAL THE DEAL ON A NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME

Carers Alliance calls on the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to end the uncertainty that persists on the delivery of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“Despite the impending trials there is no certainty that a National Disability Insurance Scheme as recommended by the Productivity Commission, will be implemented” said Maree Buckwalter, president of the Carers Alliance.

“Carers Alliance has today forwarded to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition a National Compact asking them to seal the deal on a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)”

“The full implementation of an NDIS by 2018-19 will span at least two terms of government. Which means that without a promise by both leaders the Scheme is subject to the uncertainty that arises when governments change.”

“People who care for and care about people with disabilities, and people with disabilities themselves, hope and trust that a National Disability Insurance Scheme will be implemented.”

“Statements and undertakings made and given by our national leaders over recent months show there is genuine, heartfelt and bi-partisan support for an NDIS which has given us every reason to hope and trust.”

The NDIS is a social good carrying much political capital. It is therefore not unreasonable to ask Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott to bind their worthy words in writing through a National Compact.  Will our hope and trust be vindicated?

Contact: Maree Buckwalter, President              Contact: Mary Lou Carter, Secretary
Carers Alliance                                                         Carers Alliance

Phone:  0425 280 376                                                Phone: 0425 363 421

The Carers Alliance was formed to promote the interests and full inclusion of people with disabilities and carer families

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